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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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The Road to Resilience

10/23/2017 1:46:32 PM

As much as we all wish that life was an easy, straight shot road to success and happiness, we know that isn’t the case. Even when we practice diligence, discipline, commitment, respect, honesty, and integrity as we work toward our goals, there’s simply no way to avoid pitfalls and obstacles in life.  We’ve talked about handling adversity before, but this week we’d like to specifically address developing the character quality of resilience.   Resilience is defi--- Read More
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Risk Aversion and The Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Part Two

10/16/2017 7:41:40 PM

Last week, we talked about risk aversion (especially in millennials and the younger generation) and the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone in all areas of your life. We are continuing that theme this week. (If you missed last week’s blog, you can find it here.)   When we think about our favorite feel-good movies—those with memorable heroes and heroines and happy endings that make our souls feel full—what’s the general plot line that comes to mind? For --- Read More
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Risk Aversion and The Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Part One

10/10/2017 3:37:34 PM

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard some conflicting descriptors of Millennials. Some will say how creative, relational, and connected they are. Others will marvel at the emphasis they put on the meaning of their work, and not just the work itself. Millennials ask themselves: Is what I’m doing purposeful? How is it making a difference? What am I passionate about? Great stuff!   On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, you’ll hear educators, mentors, emplo--- Read More
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Forget "Get Rich Quick." Grow Your Wealth PATIENTLY.

10/3/2017 7:40:41 PM

Promises of getting rich quick are more rampant than ever these days and especially during rising markets. Any of us with a Facebook account probably see at least a dozen invitations a week to some sort of multi-level marketing company that will get you wealthy in no time (“from the comfort of your own cell phone!”). The implication with any sort of “get rich quick” promise or advertisement is that, with little effort or investment, you can become wealthy overnight. &nbs--- Read More
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Four Ways to Form Authentic Friendships at College

9/25/2017 3:55:41 PM

  “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” – Zig Ziglar   For many first-year college students, one of the most exhilarating aspects is living in the dorms.  It’s an amazing opportunity to test their new wings of independence (albeit with some supervision from the resident advisors and directors), make new friends, and be surrounded by a commu--- Read More
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Our Top Ten Parenting Goals for the School Year: Part Two

9/19/2017 1:18:24 PM

Last week, we shared the first five of our top ten parenting goals for the year. Here’s a recap:   Equip and empower for independence Develop soft skills and professionalism Invest in your relationship Build a strong work ethic Quash any sense of entitlement   We hope you took some quality time to consider how you’re doing and ways to improve. As imperfect parents, we can all do better. So in that spirit, let’s review the remaining five:   6.&nb--- Read More
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Our Top Ten Parenting Goals for the School Year: Part One

9/11/2017 11:44:24 PM

Last week, we challenged students to set fresh new goals to jumpstart the school year. Goals that would enrich their lives and build valuable leadership skills. Now, dads and moms, it’s your turn! We can always up our games, too.   As we at LifeSmart evaluate the trends among today’s teens and young adults—the success stories and the struggles—we can often correlate the results to parenting effectiveness. No, we are not in control of our children’s success,--- Read More
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The Most Important Lesson For This School Year?

9/1/2017 6:50:23 PM

In a world consumed with constant distractions and multitasking, it seems like we’re becoming more like bumblebees—paying short visits to one flower after another. We’ve never faced “incoming” like this before, and it’s affecting our attention spans, stress levels, and ultimately, our productivity.   So, how can we help our children navigate this noisy world where they’re being pulled in so many directions?   In my years of evaluating leade--- Read More
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Get in the Game to Access Your Career

8/28/2017 12:45:21 AM

Two college graduates found themselves in the same, all-to-common, predicament. They received their degrees and assumed, like many, that the job offers would flow their way. Unfortunately, they didn’t.   I’m sure you’ve heard similar stories… especially with graduates whose degrees don’t naturally connect to specific careers. To these grads, it’s been surprising, confusing, and frustrating. Sadly, neither college prepared them for how to access the job--- Read More
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Learn How to Master the Art of Marketing Yourself

8/23/2017 12:29:37 AM

Let’s face it. Most of us are not natural born salespeople. We generally prefer to go about our business, stay inside our comfort zone, and hope that others will automatically recognize our greatness on their own! Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work out that way.   In order to land that perfect job or win that prized promotion over others, you must persuade others that you are the answer! You must know how to confidently talk about yourself, your skills, and why you are a b--- Read More
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3 Tips to Preserve Your (Precious) Reputation

8/15/2017 2:03:11 PM

 What is a prized possession you can never get back once you lose it?    The answer is your reputation.   At some point in your life, your values will be challenged and possibly even ridiculed by others. It’s crucial to talk about this now, with the beginning of the college school year upon us. Why? It’s especially common in the years after high to face situations that test your values, integrity, and ability to stand up to peer pressure. It can be a difficult tim--- Read More
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